Vols vs. Kats for Big Blocker

Former Tennessee assistant Randy Sanders may have had his shortcomings as an offensive coordinator, but he has always had a good eye for talent, having discovered and recruited such current Vol talent as Arian Foster and Jonathan Crompton.

Now as a member of Rich Brooks' coaching staff at Kentucky, Sanders is pursuing another prospect he found while at Tennessee. And he's hoping to get the jump on the Vols by being the first SEC school to offer him a scholarship.

The prospect in question is Brad Durham, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman from Rockcastle High School in Vernon County, Ky. The irony in this unlikely courtship is that Durham, like Sanders, grew up a fan of the Volunteers.

UT is still evaluating Durham and may come across with its own offer soon. However the competition for the big O-lineman won't be limited to those two schools alone. He is also being recruited by Louisville, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Auburn, Michigan and Michigan State.

Durham, who runs a 5.2 time in the 40, attended camp at Tennessee last year and made a good impression with his mobility and agility. He played defensive end and offensive tackle as a junior and we'll see action on both sides of the ball again this year. His collegiate future appears to be as a tackle.

"He has a world of potential," Rockcastle head coach, Chris Larkey told KentuckySportsReport.com's Larry Vaught. "He used to play basketball, but he stopped so he could lift weights and get stronger. He moves well. He is real quick on his feet."

Durham, who is fully qualified, just turned 17 this month, which means he has time to grow and get stronger. It's not unrealistic to believe he could enter college as a 6-6, 310-pound offensive lineman. For now he's playing the waiting game and keeping his options open.

"I'm very blessed to get an offer from the Wildcats," Durham told Rob Gidel. "I'm taking it into deep consideration right now, but I just feel it's really too early for me to commit anywhere.

"At first, it makes me wanna jump on it, but they said they're for whenever, that I can decide on the last day of signing day if I wanted to. There's not too much pressure."

Of course, that could change soon as more teams get involved and Durham's stated desire to make an early commitment.

"I think I'll make a decision, before the summer is out," Durham said. "I just want to get it off my chest and not have to worry about my senior season."

The question remains: how much will Tennessee have to worry about Sanders coaching for rival Kentucky?

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